Bio and CV
For the past 14 years Bob Ransford has been a public affairs consultant and urban designer specializing in navigating the complex public processes surrounding urban development issues and complicated land use challenges. As a senior executive with real estate development companies Bob managed the development or acquisition of more than $200 million worth of multi-family residential and mixed-use real estate in British Columbia, Oregon and Washington State. He has an extensive understanding of public policy development, the political process, public affairs and communications having served at senior political levels in municipal, provincial and federal governments. He has served as Executive Assistant to the Premier of British Columbia. Bob has been a journalist most of his adult life, writing a regular bi-weekly column on housing and urban development issues in the Vancouver Sun for the past 13 years. He is a former Commissioner on the City of Vancouver’s Planning Commission and has sat on the City’s Urban Design Panel. He was also President of Smart Growth British Columbia-- an NGO advocating smart growth principles. Bob is currently chair of the Board of EasyPark- the Parking Corporation of Vancouver, a Director on the Board of the Vancity Community Foundation He recently retired as Trustee on the Granville Island Trust after serving as a federal government appointee for nine years, he is a founding Director of Small Housing BC, and is the immediate past chair of the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast British Columbia Foundation, where he has volunteered for more than a decade.